|And The Next Incumbent Of The Throne Of Swords Is...
||[Jul. 24th, 2019|12:50 pm]
20th century Prime ministers have mostly regarded respectability- or the pretence of respectability- as part of the job description. The elevation of Johnson shows that this is no longer the case. I find this refreshing.
The recent PMs he most resembles are LLoyd George, Winston Churchill- and that crafty bugger Harold Wilson. They were all rogues- but they left behind a fairer name than many who weren't.
Johnson's trade- away from politics- is journalism. It's on the record that he got himself sacked from any early job for making things up. Still, I'd much rather be ruled by a journalist than a banker or a lawyer. None of these trades have any necessary connection to morality but at least journalists have wide experience of life and can turn a phrase.
He has written books- and all the signs are that he reads them too. He will be our most literate PM in decades.
I doubt he has any principles but this is not necessarily a bad thing in a politician. Leaders who think of themselves as instruments of God or Destiny are a menace. There are plenty of dodgy things on his CV but nothing as cold-bloodedly inhuman as Theresa May's "culture of hostility" at the Home Office.
I don't hate the man- or even dislike him- because what would be the point? I don't see he's a better or worse choice than any of the other people we might have had- because they're all politicians. The situation he inherits destroyed his predecessor; his party is in melt-down; he might not last long. If he can bring any sort of order out of all this chaos he'll deserve to survive.
it will be a challenge
maybe he isn't benny hill like portrayed
aren't there any younger folks trained in governing?
I've no idea what to expect. He plays the fool but he's not stupid.
I'm hoping he does well.
and drives the elite people nuts thinking
he won't help people and then starts to rebuild the country.
Al Franken proved to be a great statesmen till
they rail roaded him out of office
because of a picture.
He's making lots of promises- but without saying where he'll find the money to carry them through.
I tend to like him. I think he will do alright, at least until November.
I loath the infestation of lawyers and banksters in the USA, etc. One reason Trump falters ia because he is a relative idiot in these studies, esp. #1. Attacks and hamstringing would happen to any non-globalist president. Although also not of these stripes, Johnson also fits into the popular-populist spectrum so common these days. I think he will be rather centrist, though.
My hunch is that his mettle will be tested by a major military emergency, and he will oddly common out very strong. That could save him if Brexit hits hard. Later, when we are further in, he will make some big mistake and there goes Manchester.
He comes form a literate family, which I like. (Churchill was one of those literary/historian types, doing well despite his flaws). Words move.
I also like Farage and Corbyn, a little, for various reasons. They are still viable.
I suspect Johnson alarms foreign leaders rather more than May ever did. He's intelligent, formidable and ruthless.